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Review of Building and Structure Names town hall: Feb. 11

An hourlong virtual town hall meeting for the IUPUI Committee on the Review of Building and Structure Names will take place at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11.

In July 2020, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie began the process of a systematic review of all named buildings and structures on all IU campuses. The goal is to identify any buildings or structures named after a person found to have held views -- in statements, writing or publicly -- contrary to the fundamental values of the university and then consider whether to remove the present names.

At IUPUI, Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar appointed a campuswide committee, the IUPUI Committee on the Review of Building and Structure Names. Its purpose is to assist the IUPUI campus in researching and analyzing information about our named buildings and structures to ensure that the namesakes reflect the values held by the IUPUI campus community.

Registration for the Zoom meeting is required by 5 p.m. Feb. 9. If you need to register after that time, send your name and email address to Shirley Yorger at syorger@iupui.edu. Registered attendees will receive the webinar link Feb. 10.

Learn online teaching tips from your peers at IU Online webinar series

Teaching online and want to make your classes more exciting and engaging? Colleagues from across the IU campuses and disciplines are discovering ways to make online teaching more effective.

Learn about their innovations in the monthly webinar series "Continuing the Conversation," which follows up on ideas introduced at the IU Online Conference. Join the webinar on four upcoming Fridays at 1 p.m. to hear presenters' experiences as online instructors.

The spring schedule:

  • Jan. 29: "Empowering Students through Creative Technologies: A Digital Literacy Primer" by Justin Hodgson, associate professor, Department of English, Bloomington.
  • Feb. 26: "IPE in the Online Classroom: An Easy-to-Use Tool for Active Learning" by Jennifer Hatfield, clinical assistant professor, speech language pathology, Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, IU South Bend.
  • March 26: "Using Social Annotation to Support Learning and Improve Engagement in Online Contexts" by Christopher D. Andrews, associate instructor, counseling and educational psychology and Ph.D. candidate, Learning Sciences Program, School of Education, Bloomington; and Grant T. Chartrand, research assistant, Center for Research on Learning and Technology and Ph.D/ student, Learning Sciences Program, School of Education, Bloomington.
  • April 16: "Leveraging Google Drive to Enhance Student Learning" by Andrew Bunger, lecturer, Department of Communication, Professional and Computer Skills, Kelley School of Business, Bloomington; and Angela Perry, senior lecturer, Department of Communication, Professional and Computer Skills, Kelley School of Business, Bloomington.

Learn more and register at the IU Online faculty website, Teaching Online at IU. You'll receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinars.

For any questions, contact Gina Londino-Smolar at glondino@iupui.edu.

Student commencement speaker applications now open

Staff and faculty are asked to encourage graduating seniors to apply to be the IUPUI student commencement speaker in May.

The undergraduate student speaker will have a successful academic record and a history of participation in campus and/or community activities. They will give a three-to-five-minute speech in front of graduating students, their guests and campus officials.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 7.

Have your COVID-19 questions answered in webinars

IU staff, faculty and students can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of the leaders of IU's COVID-19 Medical Response Team, in upcoming "Ask Aaron" webinars at noon Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

The live Q&A sessions will include topics such as:

  • Returning to campus and on-arrival testing.
  • How and when vaccines are likely to be distributed.
  • Connecting with others safely.

Additional "Ask Aaron" webinars are being planned throughout the remainder of the academic year. Visit covid.iu.edu for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Virtual town hall being hosted by Indiana CTSI

Indiana CTSI is hosting a 90-minute virtual town hall at noon Jan. 29 called "Congregations as Healthy Connectors."

The town hall will feature a discussion from 10 Indianapolis churches that have been gathering virtually. Their representatives will share their congregations' stories and support for health and wellness and local knowledge of health assets, partnerships and priorities.

Clergy and health advocates will share lessons learned and next steps forward for this health connections collaboration.

Registration is required and available online.